I totally get that people have all kinds of odd jobs they do for their bosses on a regular basis and i’m not one to compare or say that what I’m doing is any better or worse, or however you want to look at it. So, I have a boss that has his own funny way of asking me to do/get something for him, which I don’t mind doing, but sometimes they come with some [in]direct accusations, commentary, or quasi-PSA.
THE SODA INCIDENT. I get a call from the boss yesterday and the conversation goes like this:
Boss: Do you have change for a $5?
Sidebar – I NEVER have change when he asks me and he asks on an almost daily basis, which makes me wonder why he constantly asks at all.
Me: No, i’m sorry, I don’t.
Boss: Oh, hmm……………*this silence felt like forever*…..
Me: (as if talking to a child): Are you thirsty?
Boss: Yeaaaaahhh, I kinda wanted a Coke Zero.
Me: Well, I have $1.25, I can at least get that for you.
I go to get the soda, and it’s actually a traumatizing experience to have to get his soda on a daily basis because a couple of years ago he actually accused me of shaking his soda before I delivered it. He didn’t accuse me in a horrible, mean way, he just halfway joked and said, “hey, did you shake that soda? It exploded when I opened it.” I was so shocked and embarrassed that he would actually think i’d do that. ME?!!! Ever since that day, I have taken so much care in making sure that his soda doesn’t even land when it comes out of the vending machine. I put my hands in there to “soften” the fall and everything!
Anyway, I go to get the soda and run through my routing of catching the soda as it comes down, but it feels hard – like it’s been shaken and is ready to explode. NOOOOOOO!!! This can’t be happening! I actually debate on buying another one and giving him the better of the two, but then again, what am I going to do with the other soda? So now, on my walk back to his office, I pray that he isn’t on the phone so I can tell him that he needs to give it a minute before he opens it…but what if he is on the phone? How am I going to tell him using hand gestures that he needs to wait? Ugh! My nightmares are becoming reality! Okay, not really, but it did worry me for a half second.
Thankfully, he wasn’t on the phone. I gave him his soda, he thanked me, and I told him to give it a few minutes because it felt solid and ready to blow, to which he responded with an ‘okay’. It wasn’t a thankful okay, it was kind of like the okay that you get when someone hasn’t heard what you said and they are just agreeing with you. The problem was, I was already halfway out the door by the time I remembered that he doesn’t hear very well and his hearing aid was on his desk………………..
Oh well, I did my part. At least if it exploded I could say, with a clear conscience, “You didn’t hear me tell you to give it a minute?!” 🙂